June's Nature Happenings
* June is National Perennial Garden Month and National Rivers Month
* Full Moon - June 5; New Moon - June 21
* June 20: Summer Solstice. The sun is at its highest point in the sky. It's the longest day of the year and the first day of summer.
* Hummingbirds and Orioles are nesting and may become scarce at the feeders. Their activity will increase again when the young come off the nest at the end of June / beginning of July.
* Tiger Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtails, Silver-spotted Skippers, and Monarch butterflies emerge.
* Cecropia Moths emerge.
* Hummingbird Moths emerge (late June). Often mistaken for 'baby hummingbirds' - don't be fooled!
* Young birds begin to leave their nests, often a few days before they can fly. The parents are still caring for them - Do not disturb or 'rescue' these baby birds!
* Bird migration is finished. Birds that are here now are summer residents that nest.
* As the month progresses, feeders can become busy with visiting parents and fledglings.
* Brown Bats give birth.
* First fireflies of the year appear.
* Bullfrogs begin calling.
* Crickets begin 'singing'.
* Many species of Dragonflies and Damselflies emerge.
* Wood Ducks and Mallard Ducks hatch. The ducklings can be seen following the adult ducks in ponds and lakes.
* Canada Geese begin molting.
* Young Woodchucks and Raccoons emerge and venture out with their mothers.
* Cottonwoods send out seeds - lots of white 'fluff' in the air, especially along Lake Erie's shoreline.
* Wildflowers in bloom include: blue flag iris, yellow hawkweed, wild lupine, wild strawberry, pitcher-plant, common buttercup, ox-eye daisies, common cinquefoil, black locust, and more.